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Mike Breen of ESPN Talks NBA Finals on The RE Show – 6/10/15

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CALLING A RECORD TENTH NBA
FINALS AS WE JUST MENTIONED IN
THE PREVIOUS SEGMENT.
MIKE BREEN HERE "THE RICH EISEN
SHOW," HOW ARE YOU, MIKE?
>> HELLO RICH, HOW YOU DOING,
BUDDY?
>> FOOIM FINE, THANKS FOR
CALLING IN, I APPRECIATE IT.
>> MY PLEASURE.
>> WHAT HAS IT BEEN LIKE THE
FRONT ROW SEAT?
IT'S LIVING UP TO THE HYPE HERE.
>> I AM PERSONALLY LIVING A
DREAM, AND FOR BASKETBALL FANS,
UNLESS YOU'RE OBVIOUSLY A
WARRIORS FAN AND EVEN A CAVS FAN
BECAUSE IT'S SUCH HIGH ANXIETY
FOR THOSE TWO TEAMS, IT DOESN'T
GET MUCH BETTER.
THE GAMES HAVEN'T BEEN THE MOST
BEAUTIFULLY PLAYED, CERTAINLY
TWO AND THREE, BUT THE
COMPETITIVENESS AND HOW HARD
THEY'RE PLAYING AND THE DRAMA,
AS I'M SURE UNLIKE A LOT OF
FANS, I AM PRAYING FOR SEVEN
GAMES.
>> THE RATINGS ARE THROUGH THE
ROOF SO FAR.
THEY'RE THE BEST THAT THE NBA
FINALS HAD PROVIDED ON ABC, AND
YOU'RE CALLING THIS ACTION AS
LeBRON JAMES HAS AN OPPORTUNITY
TO DO WHAT NOBODY THOUGHT HE
COULD DO, WHAT IS IT FROM YOUR,
AS I SAID AGAIN, HALF COURT
SEAT, BEEN LIKE SEEING HIM
PERFORM IN THIS MANNER, MIKE?
>> THE INTERESTING THING, RICH,
IS THAT HE'S NOT PLAYING THE WAY
HE PREFERS TO PLAY.
BUT HE'S PLAYING THE WAY THAT HE
THINKS HAS GIVEN HIM THE BEST
CHANCE TO WIN.
>> HOW SO?
>> IN THAT, HE'S NOT A
HIGH-VOLUME SHOOTER.
HAS REALLY NEVER BEEN.
YET HE'S TAKEN 35-PLUS IN ALL
THREE OF THESE GAMES, LET'S FACE
IT, THEY HAVE 45 POINTS A GAME,
ONE'S IN THE HOSPITAL, THE
OTHER'S IN STREET CLOTHES AND
THEY NEED SOMEBODY TO PROVIDE
THE SCORING.
SO, I MEAN, TO ME, HIS BEST
STRENGTH HAS ALWAYS BEEN HIS
PASSING, AND HE LOVES TO GET HIS
TEAMMATES INVOLVED.
HE'S ALWAYS BEEN TEAM-FIRST,
THIS IS THE WAY THEY NEED HIM
BECAUSE THEY DON'T REALLY HAVE
THAT SECONDARY SCORE.
DELLAVEDOVA OBVIOUSLY OUT OF
NOWHERE SCORES 20, THAT'S BIG.
THE OTHER THING RICH IS HE HAS
NOT SHIED AWAY FROM TALKING
ABOUT WHAT THIS WOULD ALL MEAN
TO THE CITY.
HE KEEPS TALKING ABOUT THE CITY
AND HIS HOMETOWN.
SOME GUYS WOULD WANT TO DOWN
PLAY IT A LITTLE BIT UNTIL IT
HAPPENS, NO, NO, NO, HE'S
WRAPPING HIS ARMS AROUND IT.
HE'S EMBRACING IT, AND THERE'S A
DETERMINATION IN HIM FROM WHEN
HE TAKES THE COURT FOR PREGAME
WARM-UPS TO THE END THAT I THINK
MIGHT BE THE, AS DETERMINED DID
AS I'VE EVER SEEN HIM.
AND THAT'S SAYING A LOT
CONSIDERING HOW HARD AND HOW
WELL HE PLAYED DOWN IN MIAMI.
>> AND WE COULD HEAR THE
INCREDULOUSNESS IN YOUR VOICE AS
WELL AS WITH VAN GUNDY AND MARK
JACKSON WHEN IT COMES TO MATT
DELLAVEDOVA.
WHAT ABOUT WHEN IT'S A
COMMERCIAL BREAK AND YOU GUYS
TAKE YOUR HEADSETS OFF.
ARE YOU LOOKING AT EACH OTHER
SAYING, WHO IS THIS GUY?
>> ABSOLUTELY.
BUT SAYING IT WITH SUCH
ADMIRATION BECAUSE HE'S WHAT
EVERY FAN DREAMS OF BEING.
THE UPHELDED GUY THAT, YOU KNOW,
DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THE GREATEST
ATHLETE, BUT HE JUST PLAYS SO
HARD AND EVERYTHING COMES HIS
WAY FROM EFFORT.
I'M HAPPY FOR HIM BECAUSE I FELT
THAT THE DIRTY TAG THAT WAS
PLACED ON HIM AFTER SOME OF THE
HARD FOULS, THE TAJ GIBSON FOULS
EARLIER, PEOPLE SAYING HE'S
DIRTY PLAYER.
DOES HE PLAY RECKLESS, YES, BUT
THAT'S WHY HE'S ON THE TEAM.
THAT'S WHY HE'S GETTING MINUTES.
AND THAT'S WHY HE'S COME AS FAR
AS HE'S COME.
SO I THINK JUST THE AVERAGE
PERSON CAN RELATE TO HIM BECAUSE
OF THAT HUMILITY AS WELL.
HE DID A GREAT JOB ON CURRY THE
OTHER DAY, AND ALL HE WANTED TO
SAY, REALLY IT'S THE TEAM
DEFENSE, IT'S THE SCHEMES THAT
WORK.
HE'S NOT ACCEPTING ANY OF THE
INDIVIDUAL CREDIT.
>> WELL, I MEAN, THERE IS SOME
SWITCHING THAT'S GOING ON ON
CURRY THAT I'M SEEING, MIKE,
THAT DOES LEAD CREDENCE THAT
IT'S A TEAM DEFENSE, FROM MY
PERSPECTIVE FROM WHAT I'M SEEING
FROM DELLAVEDOVA IS AN ATTITUDE
THAT PERMEATES THROUGHOUT THE
REST OF THE TEAM TOWARDS
DEFENSE.
THAT IS WHAT†-- IT DOES APPEAR
THAT THEY'RE TAKING THEIR CUE
FROM DELLAVEDOVA ON THAT FRONT,
AND NOT LEBRON, WHAT ABOUT FROM
YOUR SEAT?
>> THAT'S A GREAT POINT.
EFFORT IS CONTAGIOUS, AND WHEN
YOU SEE A GUY GOING ALL OUT LIKE
THAT, AND JAMES IS PLAYING THE
SAME WAY, BUT DELLAVEDOVA PLAYS
SO HARD TO THE POINT WHERE HE
HAD TO BE HOSPITALIZED.
I MEAN, CAN THAT MAKE THE
NARRATIVE ANY BETTER?
THE FACT THAT THE GUY GOES SO
OUT THAT HE'S GOT TO GO TO THE
HOSPITAL.
AND I THINK I HAVEN'T CHECKED
RECENTLY, I THINK HE JUST GOT
RELEASED.
SO THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT YOU
SEE A GUY DIVING FOR EVERY LOOSE
BALL.
SO THE NEXT LOOSE BALL, YOU'RE
GOING TO DIVE FOR IT BECAUSE
YOUR TEAMMATE'S DOING IT.
AND IT REALLY HAS SPREAD
THROUGHOUT AND THEY HAVE RALLIED
AROUND THIS COUNT THEM OUT
THEORY THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE
WHEN KYRIE IRVING WENT DOWN, I
COULDN'T BELIEVE HOW MANY PEOPLE
THOUGHT THERE WAS GOING TO BE A
SWEEP, OR AT LEAST FIVE GAMES.
AND I THINK IT'S SOMETHING THAT
LEBRON HAS THROWN INTO THEIR
HEADS AS A MOTIVATIONAL TOOL AND
THEY'VE USED IT.
I'M NOT BIG ON THAT.
THE CHIP ON THE SHOULDER,
EVERYBODY KIND OF THE WORLD WAS
AGAINST US, I THINK THAT'S SO
CLICHIST, BUT I THINK IN THIS
PARTICULAR INSTANCE, IT HAD SOME
VALIDITY.
>> IN THE MIND OF SOMEBODY LIKE
LEBRON, FOR SOMEBODY WITH THAT
TALENT TO MAYBE HAVE THAT CHIP
ON HIS SHOULDER, THAT IS
SOMETHING THAT AN INTANGIBLE
WORTH MAYBE DIGGING INTO.
AND IT APPEARS EVERYBODY IS
DOING THAT RIGHT NOW, MIKE, AS
TO WONDERING WHAT IS THIS
SUPPOSED MOTIVATION OF HIS THAT
HE'S NOT TELLING ANYBODY.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IT MIGHT BE?
>> I HAVE NO IDEA.
MARK THINKS THAT HE'S, YOU KNOW,
IT'S TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP IN
FRONT OF VAN GUNDY.
HE QUICKLY SAID NO TO THAT.
WHO KNOWS WHAT'S ON HIS MIND.
DORIS ASKED THEM AFTER THE GAME.
HE HESITATED A MINUTE.
HE REALLY LIKES AND RESPECTS
DORIS, BUT NO, WE'LL HAVE TO
WAIT A FEW MORE GAMES.
>> MIKE BREEN, PLAY BY PLAY
ANNOUNCER FOR THE NBA, TENTH
YEAR OF CALLING THE NBA FINALS
JOINING ME HERE "THE RICH EISEN
SHOW."
SO I'M SEEING IT FROM MY COUCH,
THE BODY LANGUAGE OF THE GOLDEN
STATE WARRIORS, STEPH CURRY NOT
PLAYING WITH THE USUAL FLAIR AND
SPARKLE IN THE EYE, AND IT IS
DEFINITELY HURTING THE WARRIORS.
STEVE KERR MADE MENTION AFTER
THE GAME LAST NIGHT.
WHAT ARE YOU SEEING FROM YOUR
PERSPECTIVE?
>> SOMETHING I HAVEN'T SEEN FROM
THEM ALL SEASON.
THEY HAVEN'T FACED A LOT OF
ADVERSITY, BUT I'VE NEVER SEEN
THIS TEAM TENTATIVE.
THAT'S NEVER A WORD I WOULD EVER
USE TO DESCRIBE ANYTHING THAT
I'VE SEEN FROM THEM THIS YEAR.
THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE NOW.
THEY'RE BACK ON THEIR HOMES.
AND AGAIN, YOU CREDIT THE IN
YOUR FACE, UP INTO YOUR BODY
DEFENSE FOR CLEVELAND FOR A LOT
OF THAT, BUT I THINK CURRY, THE
WAY HE FINISHED THE GAME.
HE GOT A LITTLE, OBVIOUSLY GOT A
RHYTHM BACK, HE GOT A LITTLE BIT
OF HIS SWAGGER, I KNOW THAT'S AN
OVERUSED WORD, HE GOT A LITTLE
BIT OF HIS FEEL BACK.
I'LL BE INTERESTED TO SEE IF HE
CAN BRING THAT TO START THE
GAME.
THEY'VE HAD SLOW STARTS, RICH.
SO MANY TIMES THROUGHOUT THE
POST SEASON.
I THINK THEY'VE HAD NINE TIMES
THIS YEAR IN THE POST SEASON,
HALF THEIR GAMES WHERE THEY'VE
TRAILED BY DOUBLE FIGURES IN THE
FIRST HALF, FOR A 67-WIN TEAM
THAT IS SHOCKING.
AND THEY CAN'T HAVE THAT, OR
AFFORD TO HAVE THAT HAPPEN AGAIN
BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO TAKE TOO
MUCH OUT OF THEM TO TRY TO KEEP
COMING BACK.
>> AND THE QUESTION IS, MIKE,
WHEN IT ALL COMES DOWN TO IT,
WILL WE LOOK BACK ON THE FIRST
THREE GAMES AND SAY THAT'S WHEN
CLEVELAND PROVED THAT THEY COULD
WIN IT AND USE IT AS FUEL FOR
THEIR FIRE THROUGHOUT IT THE
REST OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP RUN?
OR THAT IS WHEN YOU USE MOST OF
THEIR FUEL UP AND THE WARRIORS
WERE ABLE TO PREVAIL BECAUSE OF
THAT.
WHAT DO YOU THINK, MIKE?
>> I WAS, I SAID THAT LAST
NIGHT, AND OF COURSE JUSTIN AND
MARK MOCKED ME, WHICH IS WHAT
THEY LIKE TO DO, BUT THE GOOD
THING IS ESPN ALLOWED KNOW
EXPENSE MY THERAPY SESSIONS.
SO IT'S NOT COSTING ME A LOT.
BUT I THINK BECAUSE THEY'RE SO
SHORT-HANDED, THEY'RE BASICALLY
PLAYING SEVEN GUYS PLUS A CAMEO
FROM MIKE MILLER THAT WILL THIS,
THE FACT THEY'RE PLAYING SO
HARD, WILL THEY BE WORN GAME
WITH DOWN BY GAMES SIX, AND
SEVEN.
IT'S IMPORTANT, OBVIOUSLY YOU
DON'T WANT TO FALL DOWN 3-1, BUT
THEY TIED UP 2-2.
NOW YOU HAVE THIS CAVS TEAM THAT
EXTENDED THEMSELVES TO THE
PHYSICAL LIMITS, AND I KNOW IT'S
THE FINALS, AND I KNOW THERE'S
ONLY A HANDFUL OF GAMES, BUT YOU
CAN ONLY GET AS MUCH AS YOUR
BODY CAN GIVE.
THAT'S WHAT DELLAVEDOVA FOUND
OUT LAST NIGHT.
>> YOU'RE FROM THE NEW YORK
AREA, JUST LIKE ME.
YOU GREW UP WITH Mac.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN THAT HE'S PAST
IN TERMS OF NUMBERS OF FINALS
CALL, YOU PERSONALLY, MIKE?
>> I WOULD NEVER USE THE PHRASE,
ANYBODY FROM OUR ERA, HE WILL
AND ALWAYS WILL BE THE GREATEST
BASKETBALL PLAY BY PLAY GUY OF
ALL TIME.
AND I GREW UP LISTENING TO HIM
AND TOOK SO MUCH FROM HIM.
AND THE OTHER GUY TOO, DICK
STOCKTON TO ME WAS ONE OF THE
MOST UNDERRATED ANNOUNCERS WE'VE
EVER HAD.
AND I GREW UP LISTENING TO HIM
DO ALL THE GREAT GAMES ON CBS
OVER THE YEARS.
AND THOSE TWO GUYS THAT I LOOKED
UP TO SO MUCH IN TERMS THEIR
PROFESSIONALISM AND THE BIG
GAMES, IT REALLY IS†-- I'M NOT
SAYING THIS WITH ANY KIND OF
FALSE HUMILITY.
IT'S INCOMPREHENSIBLE THAT I'VE
BEEN ABLE TO DO TEN OF THESE.
IT'S AN HONOR AND A PRIVILEGE
AND I LOVE THE GAME SO MUCH, TO
QUOTE LOU GEHRIG, I'M THE
LUCKEST MAN ON THE FACE OF THE
EARTH.
>> YOU'RE SUCH A PROFESSIONAL,
YOU'RE BUTTONED UP, SENSE OF
HUMOR AND ALSO HAVE THE SAD
HUMILITY THAT YOU MIX IT
ALTOGETHER, THAT'S WHY I WANT TO
ASK YOU THIS.
I KNOW YOU'RE A PROFESSIONAL,
BUT YOU'VE HAD SOME REALLY
FAMOUS PEOPLE SITTING RIGHT
AROUND YOU THE LAST COUPLE OF
WEEKS.
I MEAN, THERE'S RIHANNA, THERE'S
MAYWEATHER, JIM BROWN LAST
NIGHT.
DURING THE COMMERCIAL BREAK,
SAID WOW OKAY, THAT'S COOL.
WHICH ONE?
>> LAST NIGHT IT WAS JIM BROWN
BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW, HE'S GOT
TO BE LATE 70s, RIGHT?
>> HE TURNS 80 NEXT FEBRUARY.
WE HAD HIM IN STUDIO LAST WEEK.
>> SO YOU SAW HIM, I THINK HE
COULD STILL BEAT UP ALMOST
EVERYBODY IN THE ARENA.
HE STILL HAS THAT MENACING LOOK,
IT WAS INCREDIBLE.
>> HEY, YOU'VE SEEN FLOYD
MAYWEATHER.
>> HE COULD EASILY TAKE
MAYWEATHER.
>> COME ON, YOU'RE TAKING ON
PACQUIAO.
>> MAYWEATHER, IT WAS THE
FUNNIEST THING, HE SAT NEXT TO
THE BOOTH, AND WHAT HAPPENS
DURING THE GAME IS WHEN THE FANS
STAND UP, WHEN I LOOK DOWN ON
THE COURT, HALF THE COURT IS
BLOCKED.
SO YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE
MONITOR BECAUSE THE PEOPLE
STANDING UP, THEY MOVE TOWARDS
THE SIDELINE, THAT'S HARD TO SEE
THE CERTAIN CORNER, AND
MAYWEATHER LOOKED OVER HIS
SHOULDER AND SAW THAT I WAS
TRYING TO LOOK AROUND HIM.
HE WAS SO POLITE, HE SAT DOWN.
>> OH NO, REALLY?
>> AND I SAID NO, IT'S OKAY.
YOU'RE THE ONE GUY I CAN LOOK
OVER, BUT HE WAS SO WORRIED
WEATHER I COULD SEE IN THE
MIDDLE OF ALL THIS RUKOUS AT THE
ARENA, THAT HE WAS POLITE ENOUGH
TO SIT DOWN SO I COULD GET A
BETTER VIEW.
>> MAYBE HE KNEW THIS WAS GOING
TO GO 12 ROUNDS.
AND HE SET YOU UP, MIKE.
BEFORE I LET GROW, POLL QUESTION
TODAY, CHRIS BROCKMAN, READ OFF
THE NAMES THAT WE'VE TRIED TO
RENAME MATT DELLAVEDOVA, MAYBE
MIKE PICKS ONE AND ENOUGH THAT
IT COMES OUT OF HIS MOUTH, MAYBE
JUST FOR AUDIENCE SLIP WISE.
>> DOYLE MY BEST†-- I'LL DO MY
BEST.
MATTHEW LOCKDOWNAVADOVA.
DOVEONTHEFLOORA.
>> HE'S NOT RUSSIAN.
>> MATTHEW CRAMPUPAVADOVA, OR
MATTHEW RESERVETANKADOVA.
>> I LIKE DOVE ON THE FLOORA.
>> IT HAPPENS ONCE IN A WHILE,
DOVE ON THE FLOOR HAPPENS EVERY
TIME HE RUNS ON THE COURT.
>> USE IT AS YOUR OWN.
GO AHEAD.
>> DO I NEED TO GIVE CREDIT?
>> LOOK, I KNOW THAT THERE'S,
YOU KNOW, I USED TO BE WITH THE
WORLDWIDE LEADER, YOU MIGHT BE
ABLE TO SLIP THAT ONE PAST THE
GOALIE, JUST GO AHEAD, MIKE, USE
IT, AND WE'LL KNOW, THAT'S ALL.
>> THAT'S A DEAL.
>> THANKS FOR CALLING IN, MIKE.
>> RICH, GOOD TO TALK TO YOU.
>> MIKE BREEN.
RIGHT HERE "THE RICH EISEN
SHOW."